Nova Scotia

Capital Health's ER chief resigns

Nova Scotia's largest health authority is losing its second district chief of emergency medicine in less than a year.

Nova Scotia's largest health authority is losing its second district chief of emergency medicine in less than a year.

Dr. Philip Yoon, who replaced Dr. John Ross when he left the position in September, plans to resign from his position as the District Chief and Department Head of Emergency Medicine at the Capital District Health Authority and Dalhousie University by the end of the year.

Yoon declined an interview with CBC News on Thursday, but acknowledged he sent a letter to his colleagues last week to inform them of his decision.

"There are a number of reasons behind this decision — some complex and some for personal concerns," Yoon wrote in the letter, obtained by CBC News.

"Some of the most important factors were related to what can be described as "irreconcilable differences" between our stakeholder organizations, most notably the Department of Health and Wellness, and me."

Yoon went on to write that he and the Department of Health and Wellness have "divergent visions" about how to sustain good clinical care and scholarship, despite overcoming "some significant challenges" in the past several months.

Peter Graham, a spokesman for the Capital District Health Authority, said Yoon has agreed to stay until a new leader can be recruited.

Yoon replaced Ross, who left the position in September after admitting he was frustrated by overcrowding in emergency rooms and the slow pace of change since the opening of the new $20-million emergency room at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre's Halifax Infirmary site.

In the letter to his colleagues, Yoon is not critical of his employer — the Capital District Health Authority — and said he plans to keep working as an emergency physician after Dec. 31, 2011.

"It has been my privilege to serve in this leadership role and I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you in this capacity," Yoon wrote.

"I am honoured to have worked with so many talented and energetic people. I have learned much from my experience here, and I sincerely do hope for the very best for all of you."

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